I got involved as a runner in the seventh grade after I had quit gymnastics. Before I was involved in the actual sport of running, I had done a few 5k races but nothing extreme.
It was a very big adjustment because sports are much more important in high school than in middle school. Also I was going into high school not knowing anyone, so it was very intimidating and I was afraid of not making friends.
I love a workout where you know you worked really hard because you are sweating like crazy and you can’t walk the next morning.
My goal was to get in the top 3 and to improve my PR. My other goal was to just surprise people and show them what O'Connor is capable of. The experience was interesting. It was very hot and the course was not the nicest; there were many hills. It was definitely a big meet and it was also the last meet of the season so I really wanted to run my hardest. There wasn't a lot of pressure on my shoulders, and I just ran my race.
No but I will be running in the Junior Olympic USATF Cross Country program.
Yes, I do cross fit and I used to swim during middle school, which I didn’t have the time for this year.
Do you follow any kind of nutrition program or watch what you eat?
I don’t do any nutrition program, but my mom is all about chia seeds which keep you really hydrated. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I watch what I eat; I just don’t eat too much junk food. It is important to treat your body right and keep yourself healthy.
My favorite race would have to be Nike Pre-nationals that took place in Oregon. I’ve never been to Oregon so it was really exciting. All of my favorite XC memories are from just spending time with my team during practice and not during practice. We love our tradition of pasta parties the night before a meet.
I love everything about running from training with your teammates, to getting to the top of that giant hill. I love the competition. I give my all- all of the time. I especially love the family aspect. All runners are part of a huge family because we all love the same thing; running!
I love to read, catch up on my favorite TV shows, sleep, hang with my best friends (my XC team), and go to church.
I want to give a great big shout out to my team. I am blessed to be able to have known them. They are my very best friends and I couldn’t have asked for a stronger, caring, or more hilarious group of people. Also, a big shout out to God. I did not rely on my own strength, but solely on the power of God and I thank him for that. I couldn’t have had this great season without Him.
Blank Space by Taylor Swift